Gina Bachauer Piano Competition will name a winner Wednesday
By Catherine Reese Newton
The Salt Lake TribuneFirst published Jun 24 2014 02:08PM
The Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition culminates Wednesday with a concert in Abravanel Hall. Three finalists will perform concertos with the Utah Symphony and guest conductor Thomas Hong.
• Artem Yasynskyy, 25, Ukraine, will perform Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3.
• Chi Ho Han, 22, Korea, will perform Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.
• Andrey Gugnin, 28, Russia, will perform Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3.
The gold medalist receives $40,000 cash, a recital in New York’s Weill/Carnegie Recital Hall, solo engagements at piano festivals in Shanghai and at the Eastman School of Music, a concerto date on an upcoming Utah Symphony season and a recording contract on the Archive label. The silver and bronze medalists receive $20,000 and $10,000 respectively. Audience members also have an opportunity to vote for their favorite finalist; the winner gets a $1,000 prize.
The verdict will be rendered by a nine-member jury:
• Nelita True, professor at the Eastman School of Music and Bachauer jury chairwoman since 2002.
• Hui-Qiao Bao, visiting professor at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing.
• Susan Duehlmeier, head of the piano area at the University of Utah School of Music.
• Kyoko Hashimoto, head of the piano area at McGill University in Montreal.
• Pasquale Iannone, a former Bachauer fifth-place finisher and now a prominent teacher in Italy.
• Ronan O’Hara, head of keyboard studies at the Guildhall School in London.
• Marc Silverman, a former Bachauer silver medalist who now heads the piano department at the Manhattan School of Music.
• Boris Slutsky, a former Bachauer sixth-place finisher who heads the piano department at the Peabody Conservatory of Music.
• Jack Winerock, director of the piano division at the University of Kansas School of Music.
The finalists were chosen from a field of 37 pianists who traveled from Salt Lake City from 14 nations earlier this month to compete. Bachauer officials heard more than 200 live auditions, by pianists representing 31 nations, in six cities around the world.